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Japanese Climbing Fern

Japanese Climbing Fern - Invasive.org

Scientific name: Lygodium japonicum (Thunb. ex Murr.) Sw. (ITIS)

Synonym: Ophioglossum japonicum

Common name: Japanese climbing fern

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Native To: Asia and Australia (Leichty et al. 2011)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Early 1900s (Leichty et al. 2011)

Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental (Leichty et al. 2011)

Impacts: Smothers native vegetation by blocking sunlight and increases fire risk by allowing fire to spread up trees along its vines (Minogue et al. 2009)

Current U.S. Distribution: Southeastern U.S., Hawaii

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Partnership

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Japanese Climbing Fern
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Texas Invasives Database - Lygodium japonicum
TexasInvasives.org.

Global Invasive Species Database - Lygodium japonicum (fern)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Government

Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) - Lygodium japonicum
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.

Weed Risk Assessment: Lygodium microphyllum (Old world climbing fern), Lygodium japonicum (Japanese climbing fern), and Lygodium flexuosum (May 2009; PDF | 669 KB)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Lygodium japonicum, L. microphyllum - Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Japanese Climbing Fern
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

State

Japanese Climbing Fern
Alabama Forestry Commission.

Weed Alert: Japanese climbing fern
Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Bureau of Invasive Plant Management.

Academic

Japanese climbing fern (Lygodium japonicum)
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Lygodium japonicum and Lygodium microphyllum - Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative in the Parks
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants; Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth - Japanese Climbing Fern
Mississippi State University. GeoResources Institute.

Japanese Climbing Fern - Forest Management Sheet (PDF | 85 KB)
Texas A&M University. Texas Forest Service.

Japanese Climbing Fern: A Threat to Texas' Forests (Nov 2005; PDF | 589 KB)
Texas A&M University. Texas Forest Service.

Professional

Japanese climbing fern - Invasive Weeds in Georgia
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Japanese climbing fern
Guide to Invasive Plants of the Galveston Bay Area.

Lygodium japonicum
Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk.

Citations

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Lygodium japonicum. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].

Leichty, E.R., B.J. Carmichael, and W.J. Platt. 2011. Invasion of a southeastern pine savanna by Japanese climbing fern. Castanea 76(3):293-299.

Minogue, P.J., S. Jones, K.K. Bohn, and R.L. Williams. 2009. Biology and control of Japanese climbing fern (Lygodium japonicum) (PDF | 2.55 MB) University of Florida IFAS Extension. Publication #FOR218.

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Last Modified: Apr 17, 2015
 
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